Sunday, January 20, 2008

 

SlushCup 5 Avnstrup Hvalsø MTB


Very muddy course in todays race. Completely gummed up the wheels so ended up walking most of the course.

It was way out in the countryside at Avnstrup which is south of Roskilde. My GPS track is fine. Managed one lap, could have done two but I was only 5 minutes inside the hour, so it'd be another hour before I got back in and as it was my rear suspension failed again, but just before I finished the lap. Really annoying. Suppose I shall try and find something more agricultural...

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Sunday, January 13, 2008

 

MTB Crash

A friend sent me this video link saying they were sure it's me, 'cause of the swearing as I'm airborne. Don't quite remember it myself. ;-)

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Thursday, January 10, 2008

 

Thought for today

Sors salutis
et virtutis
michi nunc contraria,
est affectus
et defectus
semper in angaria.
Hac in hora
sine mora
corde pulsum tangite;
quod per sortem
sternit fortem,
mecum omnes plangite!

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Tuesday, January 08, 2008

 

Words from people's names


algorithm al-Khowarizmi
America Amerigo Vespucci
ampere Andre Ampere
angstrom Anders Jonas Ångström
bogart Humphrey Bogart his style of smoking a cigarette
borked Justice Robert Bork a judge nominated, but never managing to hold office, due to the machinations of politicians blocking him.
boycott Captain Charles Boycott (1832-1897) Irish Land League decided to punish him for not lowering his rents by boycotting him.
braille Louis Braille
Celsius Anders Celsius
chauvinism Nicolas Chauvin early 19th–century French soldier
dahlia Anders Dahl
diesel Rudolf Diesel
draconian Draco Athenian lawgiver not entirely confirmed to have existed
dunce John Duns Scotus 13th/14th-century thinker
Fahrenheit Gabriel Fahrenheit
guy Guy Fawkes
herculean Hercules
lynch Charles Lynch (1736-1796) Judge in Virginia
macadam John McAdam
martinet Jean Martinet
maverick Samuel Maverick
mickey-finn Mickey Finn a Chicago saloon owner in one of the less salubrious parts of town.
nicotine Jean Nicot
ohm Georg Simon Ohm
pasteurize Louis Pasteur
poinsettia Joel Poinsett
quisling Vidkun Quisling (18/7/1887–24/10/1945) collaborated with the German invaders of Norway during WWII.
quixotic Don Quixote
sandwich Earl of Sandwich
saxophone Antoine Sax
shrapnel General Henry Shrapnel (1761-1842) noticed ordinary cannon balls just didn't quite kill enough people
sideburns Ambrose Burnside
silhouette Etienne de Silhouette
spoonerism Reverend William Archibald Spooner (1844–1930) was famous for his muddled one-liners
tawdry St. Audrey the daughter of the king of East Anglia
volt Count Alessandro Volta
watt James Watt
zeppelin Count Ferdinand von Zeppelin

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SlushCup 4 DMK Øksnehallen



Urban, hence very slippery man-made surface course. Mix of various grades of tarmac, concrete and flag stones with packing crates to climb over to make it interesting. Inside and outside, wet areas, mostly dry, some snow, some ice, some with oil... The course wound its way through several buildings, down sets of stairs, down and up an underground car park and a set of switchbacks in a hall. Quite a good few fell off and many spectacular crashes, mostly due to a fronter with poor technique in hitting obstacles at an oblique angle or chickening out after committing and then the followers piling in up on top of them.

Some poor choices of tire were also apparent, and many overinflated. One guy went so far with the pressure he blew the rim off the front wheel. Quite a bang that one, I can tell you!

My video crew were busy filming as much as they could, but there was so much going on they could capture everything. The camera I was carrying failed due to the vibration (I think), so no in flight action, which is quite annoying. Reckon I shall move the camera from the handlebar to the side of my helmet.

The drops were too much for my rear suspension and it ended up bottomed out several times. Think I shall put a rubber bung to limit the travel.

Did five laps, if there wasn't quite so much traffic, reckoned I could have done seven.

My GPS track, due to the buildings it's not so brilliant with the capture.

Hit several television news spots, I know of four but have only found two so far.
Blink and you miss me here: TV2 @ 18:00 6/1/2008
I have a lovely sequence at the end of this one, showing how it should be done: TV2 Sport @ 22:45 6/1/2008

A sarcastic video on YouTube.

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Thursday, January 03, 2008

 

Thought for today

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